What I love...
...is that Office 365 appears to be two different products.
Oh the confusion.
2248 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
...is that Office 365 appears to be two different products.
Oh the confusion.
Kickstarter is the new scammers paradise.
....will it be excited update after excited update while the funding goes on and then once its reached the target........silence.
Followed by loads of people asking "So when am I going to get...."
Never mentioned using colour lasers for home. But nevermind. Also I'd say we've mostly moved on from actually needing to print in the first place. I see it as a sign of faliure if I have to print something nowadays.
Bottom line is for most people, if honest, a decent mono laser gives them less hassle, lower costs and better overall printing than the usual crappy £50 or less (or higher) inkjet.
In 20 years of computing I've yet to have a need for a printout that HAS to be in colour at home. Those flight bookings, invoices and Pizza Express coupons just dont need it.
"Oh oh its that one day of the year I want to do a colour print on my inkjet! Oh the cartridges have dried up/expired/run out (delete as applicable)!"
Medium runs of colour printing at home? What are you doing counterfeiting?
Plus you can get ethernet capable mono lasers with Duplex if you really need it for just over £100.
Makes inkjets look like toys.
Well all I can say is I've moved many of my domestics over to lasers and the feedback has been great. I tell them the costs before they go that route but they all agree.
None of them would go back to crappy inkjets now.
For a lot of domestics they don't need colour printing so a £80 laser with a 1500-2000 print toner lasts them 4+ years and then they can either buy anther toner for £50 or just buy another laser this time for £70. Much better than inkjets that 'expire' as and when the like with 60% of the ink still in it.
Crappy inkjet is crappy. Plus why do people still need to print so much at home? I often ask those that say they need colour printing how many photos etc. they have printed in the past year.
"Ermmm hmmmmm none I suppose!" is the usual answer.
Perception and reality.
...that people still buy inkjets.
I've pretty much managed to move all my folks over to laser. If they want to print a photo once a year they email it to Snappysnaps(?) for £2 or whatever. Results are usually better.
I've just told all my customers I will not support wi-fi inkjet issues either. Driving out 15 miles there and back again to type the WPA key back into a £40 printer isn't really worth it for anyone.
...£50 worth of parts.
I meant getting people to pay that much for it. Genius.
After all someone like Joey Essex isn't ever going to go there?
Some of us like to have our intellects tested, stretched and enriched.
...we have a world "Just uninstall all the crap apps we don't really need/use' Day.
You know that lets you list all your apps and the stuff they want access to with a simple Y/N selector?
Oh dear it's just as I feared.
It will become like much of Greenwich. I went there last November and the huge Greenwich exhibit was just bland and soulless. Just a load of pictures and objects with a couple of paragraphs explaining them.
Apparently, it's all crossed wires and misinterpretation by the BBC.
Looks like back peddling Partridge style to me.
"Get rid of Pat!"
You spend a little money, tinkering with the place. Get rid of its wartime charm, get rid of the people that have a passion for the place. Turn it into a soulless 'info-graphic activity centre' run by teenagers selling expensive crisps and botanical lemonade in the cafe and let the attendance drop and drop.
You then move the big stuff into a single unit re-brand it and then sell/demolish the rest for housing development and make a huge fortune. That's prime London commuter land there!
I'm glad I went 5 years ago before they ruined it. A great day out and I loved talking to the older guys there. Having people that understand what they are talking about rather than just knowing a script is priceless.
I was also shocked they are getting rid of a lot of the huge Churchill memorabilia collection some guy had graciously lent them for years.
...making cheap nasty laptops with shiny black plastic, 5400rpm HDDs and crappy screens.
Grow some balls guys!
Thing is I can count one one hand the 'good hidings' I got from my parents. The smart kids learn quick. Plus when I think back yes I deserved it, I was playing up.
Sure some kids get beat up, that's never going to change and it's unfortunate. But a few swipes taught me to consider others and that my actions...can have serious reactions. Not everyone might think it a huge joke. Made me a more considerate person that doesn't think the world revolves around me. I know if I piss people off I could get a good kicking back.
I always say you'd never bring up a puppy with no training and discipline and a child is no different.
Erm a lot of kids go to university now. The fact that 80% of them probably don't need to though is another matter.
University education isn't the same as what it was 20+ years ago. Now it just means the equivalent of maths and English O level.
...youngsters and younger people not having learned the great life lesson of 'Consequences'.
Or as any born before 1982 knows it...'How far can I push parent/teacher before I get a damn good thrashing?'
Knowing this lesson basically gifts you with the ability to think "Hmmm if I do this what could be the consequences?" I know in most cases if I go to do something that could cause issues a few scenarios flash though my head in milliseconds which generally make me not do it or change the plan of action.
But no nowadays with kids allowed to do pretty much as they please by society its all well and good till they stab another kid or abuse like this and then its "Wahh Wahhh It's not my fault!"
I've always said if you don't have the guts to say what you want to say to someones actual face then you don't have the right to say it whether enshrined in law or otherwise.
Funding for the NHS, schools, armed forces, BBC etc. etc.
The truth is...ALL of them get more than enough money. They are all generously funded, in fact possibly more then they need to be.
The real problem is that those in charge of them are notoriously crap at spending the funds properly and efficiently.
What we need to do is strive to make those in charge of the purse strings treat the money as though it was theirs rather than 'just tax payers money'*.
I'm sure all the local council authorities could have still provided all the local services with a 20%+ reduction of funds had they got smarter and more efficient, but that takes effort and intelligence. Much easier to just shut the playgroups, toilets and libraries and blame someone else.
* Fully aware that the BBC isn't funded by 'HMRC taxes' as such but still falls in the same category.
Horizon hasn't really been Horizon for some time.
A faded photocopy of it's old self.
Mock the Week hasn't been the same since Frankie left.
QI is getting a bit long in the tooth as well.
As for Top Gear, the joke wore thin long ago.
Watch this space as Netflix becomes a major creator of drama and content over the next 5 years.
They have already got off to a good start. Plus as they state, they don't have to pander to advertisers also.
....if they cut back to three channels instead of watering down the quality to fill the 8 or so they currently try to make us think they can fill.
How many channels for kids now? Why not get rid of them and let mum and dad take responsibility for entertaining the kid for a while? They might even be able to talk properly by the time they are 4 as well!
Good chance by this time next year we'll have dropped the license and just switch to Netflix for our occasional entertainment needs.
...uninstall all the core MS Modern apps from the Start Screen (you weren't using them anyway) and then its pure Desktop mode/Windows 7 stylee till you shut down.
Takes about a minute to do.
Just mentioning as it might make someones life a little easier.
That's probably a jokey comment rather than a real factor.
It's often how it goes though. I used to live out in a rural village and power cuts were quite regular happenings. I then moved to the city centre and I've had one power cut in 17 years. Infrastructure is everything.
.... more on the fact they are not handling some corporations accounts or sales system?
If there are no contractual reasons for 99.999% uptime them why would you build a system to support that.
If It goes down it goes down. No one dies. No lawsuits arrive.
Just a shame its not like the old days when you could slap a Opteron 180 in your NF4 DFi Lanparty board.
Indeed and they appear to upgrade it quite often. Basically a version up every year.
I would have to do a lot of phone and remote support to pay for that. I'd happily pay a reasonable subscription purely to get access to the remote support bit. I really dont need the meetting/training parts at all.
I've tried the built in Windows remote support but that just falls flat with standard users as it requires more than two steps.
...buts its way too expensive for a one man band operation.
Hate how some firms just pander to Corporates/Enterprise.
Easy to sort out. Plus seems about the only blemish which at least can be fixed.
Just amazed how much background crap is open on that machine, all those icons on the right.
Just try writing all of that on your next CV.
But the fact remains that you don't have to use the Modern/Touch bit if you don't want to.
If thats the case what is the issue? I don't like using Modern/Touch because like most people I have zero use for it. But that doesn't stop me using Windows 8/8.1 in desktop/normal mode just I like I do with Windows 7.
As I mentioned earlier I don't see Modern/Touch when I use Windows 8. Its 100% desktop. Simple.
I'm not saying that some people don't have valid issues, but a lot sound like they are punching themselves constantly in the nuts for no reason.
Which is both bemusing and amusing in equal measure.
Well essentially you got a premium built tablet for £130 (well thats what I paid for mine) and compared to a lot of tablets you can buy today, it really shows the difference. It's not a penny pinching design.
The audio quality from the Playbook is one of the best I've experienced.
I must admit I use Windows 8 on two machines and once I'm in the Desktop I don't see the Modern bit for the rest of the day.
In fact I really don't notice I'm using 8 anymore. I guess some take more convincing.
Different strokes and all that.
...either given the install option of "Do you wish to install either Modern/Desktop mode or Desktop Only mode?"
or in Control Panel -
"Disable Modern UI"
But they wanted that App Store Income luxury so bad.
Yes indeed, try to find anything vaguely interesting below £700 in the PC/laptop world is hard work.
I do however, wish a plague upon the folks at Oberon Media for wasting so many man hours removing their crap from laptop after laptop.
My 64GB Playbook still does sterling work as a media player on the go. Just stripped it down to the bare essentials and thats it.
Trouble is there is a hands off approach when you bring in some industry wunder-kid hotshot.
"Don't embarrass him Mr Ballmer, we can't afford to lose him!"
Don't employ multi-millionaire playboy Execs on golden win/win contracts.
Adopts Mugatu look, "He's so hot right now!"
MS had two in quick succession with Sinofsky and Mattrick. Both nearly killed important parts of the business but both left laughing all the way to the bank.
They had nothing to lose so where is the pressure to deliver the right product?
Give those important roles to people within the business who have a real passion for the product and have something to lose if they screw up.
And for general usage could you tell the difference?
Hi-Fi enthusiasts/Audiophiles start trying to apply Hi-fi voodoo BS to standard computer kit.
Open up that £3000 blu-ray player from Audio Shed Backgarden Innovations Ltd, Bedford and at its core you'll find £20 worth of PC blu-ray drive surrounded buy god knows what in non-standard/non-compliant electronics.
Also Hi-Fi cable. I would bet that 99% of Hi-Fi cable manufacturers don't make that cable and most of it was probably specced originally by Boeing or for CAT scanners at 2p a meter. Buy it by the spool and slap your name on it. Cable making is huge industrial scale stuff not the kind of place you can just make 100m of special £1500 a meter cable in. It doesn't exist.
The alternative Wi-Fi audio adapter.
....just to gauge by the powers that be, how the unwashed masses would react to knowing about mass surveillance?
Depending on the reaction would then give the go ahead one way or another, to new systems.
From what I've seen so far the powers that be won't have to be too low key about it all.
I guess they got the reaction they wanted. No one has been lynched and most of the public just shrugged.
Nice idea but it would totally destroy the ace up Apple's sleeve....it just works right out of the box.
Instead of OSX being stringently designed to run with a tightly controlled group of core hardware it would be expected to work flawlessly with billions of combinations like Windows is.
It would be a massacre. The true greatest technical achivement would be exposed not as "it works out of the box" but as "how the hell does MS get Windows to work so well with so many pieces of kit??"
That would never do and if I was Apple that's not something I would want to rip up. However, they could I suppose release a neatly developed VM version for folks on other machines to install.
But I do wonder if secretly Apple would just prefer to ditch its entire laptop/PC line and just become a mobile/media corporation.
Must be a distraction by now.
Don't knock it, got rid of a whole load of 3.1 and Win95 crap in my organisation.
The transition from all of us on dumb terminals in the early 90's to some of us on PCs by the late 90's hadn't been managed all that well.
Not to mention the upteen different versions of Visio/Office/Smartsuite/anti-virus/no anti-virus that had been bought randomly till then.
Folks didnt know they were born with their new 64MB Windows NT4 desktops. Though the wars that raged over lock down accounts and no floppy drive access were stuff of legend...
A lot of good came out of Y2K (for end users) however, it did tend to set/synchronise the upgrade cycle for the corporate/enterprise for ever more.
....that the public sector will be paying £4000 per Windows 7 Pro PC by March this year when last year they were £1000.
Yes, whilst amazingly any £400 bargain bin laptop will do all the things the 'Intel approved' £1000 toy can't.
'High-end' IT kit is all about pose value rather than real value. For the 'Exec who doesn't have to try ...too hard..'
....for around £100 and that includes all the plastics, stand, power lead etc. I cant see how much extra a decent 13" panel would add to a £1300 laptop.
There are even decent quality TN panels around that cant cost much more than the standard crap they fit.
Could the Reg maybe do an investigation with the manufacturers as to why they always skimp on laptop screens? Some interviews with their product heads?
Let them put their case forward for their lack of effort.
....Getting Cool With Kids or whatever.
Getting hit by a virus etc. is like broken windscreens. You can go years and years without one and then get two in as many weeks.